Chanukat Habayit WTA

Posted by admin on October 18, 2021 in Spotlight |

About 9 years ago, I was introduced to the founding team of Westchester Torah Academy. At the time, I didn’t have any kids but was extremely interested in new models in Jewish education and ways to solve the “tuition crisis”. I was amazed in what they were looking to do using #technology , blended learning to change the game in Jewish education . When you say you are looking to build a school based on excellence in education and affordable Jewish education it seems like a oxymoron. The truth is you have to be willing to disrupt and look to future proof Jewish education for families. That is what WTA has done. I helped put together the first open house and over the years volunteered in different capacities. Now Michael is in 3rd grade and loving WTA. One day Ari will join him as well. This past year, WTA graduated their first 8th grade which was monumental . Today was another milestone where they had the Chanukat Habayit (grand opening) of their new campus. It was another incredible moment showing that with big ideas, committed donors and team you can accomplish anything. Thank you to the board, staff and donors who makes this all possible each day.

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Innovation Alley:ECOncrete

Posted by admin on March 13, 2021 in Spotlight |

ECOncrete® provides high quality cost effective concrete products including, bio-enhancing concrete additives, science based designed forms and form liners, applied to precast or cast-on-site ECOncrete® elements. ECOncrete®’s innovative solutions reduce the ecological footprint of ports, marinas, coastal protections schemes and urban waterfront projects, while adding to their structural integrity.

ECOncrete® transforms the way our future coastlines look and function, by replacing barren “gray” urban coastlines and waterfronts, with high-performance, resilient, blue-green infrastructure, which foster highly productive thriving ecosystems.

ECOncrete® was founded in 2012 by Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel and Dr. Ido Sella, marine ecologists, experts in urban marine ecology and leaders in the growing field of ecological enhancement and green engineering technologies. The company offers a unique multidisciplinary blend of marine ecologists, biologists, geologists, concrete experts, engineers, and designers, working hand in hand to bring concrete to life.

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Innovation Alley: Yaron Bob

Posted by admin on December 18, 2020 in Spotlight |

Yaron bob is an Israeli artists behind Rockets into Roses. He takes rockets landed in Israel and turns them into beautiful art. He brings light where there was darkness. His art is unique and meaningful. Each piece tells a story of survival and hope.

Yaron is a teacher and a part-time metal sculptor in Moshav Yated, Israel, makes roses out of Kassam rockets fired out of Gaza.
Mr. Bob had two close calls with rockets and he knew he needed to react to the terror that he and his community were facing.

Yaron wanted to create something that speaks of growth and prosperity and to make something out of the destruction and of the ruin of the Kassam.

The truth is because the rocket is an instrument of death he really didn’t want to handle it.

However, his frustration was intensifying with so many missiles falling on Israel and so many alarms.

The situation was very stressful on him and his family. “It finally struck me that I need to make a rose from the Kassam”, Yaron says. Now. Bob collects the spent rockets, most given to him by the police, after they have been checked by the bomb squad.

Israeli Artist Creates Beauty from War Materials
Each rose takes about three to four hours of turning and twisting the steel. Then, hand sculpting intricate petals and leaves on the rose. The sculpture’s base is a map of Israel with the rose growing out of the border with Gaza.

Although the rose, stem and base are made of Kassam remains, there is no sign the flower comes from rocket metal.

“I take the Kassam, the instrument of death and I change it, I transfer it into something of beauty.”

Bob is not a pacifist, but he would like Hamas to know talking is better than firing rockets and starting a war.

His goal is to somehow let the world know people in Israel are not hungry for war and what they really want is a bright and beautiful future.

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Holiday Gift Guide – Shinesty

Posted by admin on December 11, 2020 in Spotlight |

This holiday season you need to check out Shinesty. They are one of the most innovative apparel companies on the market today. They have suits, masks, pajamas and much more.If you are looking to own your virtual holiday party Shinesty has you covered. One of their most interesting pajamas is their Pajamaralls . Perfect for any occasion, comfortable and fun.

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Holiday Gift Guide -Tipsy Elves

Posted by admin on December 9, 2020 in Spotlight |

This holiday season there Tipsy Elves has incredible apparel to enhance your holidays. From sweaters to jumpsuits Tipsy Elves is your one stop shop for all of your holiday needs.

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Innovation Alley: SonoMask

Posted by admin on October 26, 2020 in Spotlight |

Founded in 2013, Sonovia began its mission by fostering the global rights for development concerning a revolutionary sono-chemical coating methodology designed at the prestigious Bar Ilan Univeristy in Israel. The company proceeded to establish material strategic partnerships and initiatives targeted to support its scale-up efforts; in pursuit of the noble objective to dramatically combat the transmission and impact of Hospital Acquired Infections globally. Moreover, Sonovia presents a global solution to the textile industry in the form of its disruptive ultrasonic based, high performance, sustainable and cost competitive wet-processing application, by massively aiding in alleviating excess pollution and waste.

The applications of the technology therefore have the potential to dramatically reduce the transmission of disease caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses as the mechanisms by which zinc oxide nano-particles acts are universally bio-active against all microbes.

The SonoMask is reusable, washable, provides two-sided protection, and is proven to neutralize over 99% of COVID-19​. Scientifically Proven, anti-microbial fabric ensures durable protection.Their proprietary zinc-coating upon their cotton-polyester blend is safe and tested to be effective even after being washed over 55 times.The SonoMask is produced with a soft, breathable fabric
. Learn more at https://sonoviatech.com/

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Innovation Alley: Izzy

Posted by admin on July 9, 2020 in Spotlight |

During #covid19 many of us are going through hours of streaming. It almost feels like you went though dozen of seasons of various shows. People are yearning for new and interesting content.Enter IZZY. IZZY is a streaming platform featuring movies, TV shows, and documentaries, from and about Israel, available to watch anytime, anywhere, on any device, and as much as you want — for a low monthly subscription.Subscribers can access the IZZY on-demand library via Internet-connected devices, such as computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and Smart TVs.Their content is produced in Hebrew, English, French, Russian, Arabic, and Spanish. Easy-to-read subtitles in English are are currently available for all content. I had the opportunity to speak with Josh Hoffman Founder of IZZY . Learn more at helloisrael.tv/ #israel #innovation #startupnation #TV #stream #movies

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Innovation Alley- Sonovia

Posted by admin on June 29, 2020 in Spotlight |

Sonovia Ltd is an incredible #startupnation story. During #covid19 they have been at the forefront in helping protect people through their innovative #mask. #Israel #innovations at its best.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Sonovia applied its anti-microbial technology to a line of Israeli manufactured PPE face masks that kill bacteria and fungi on contact.

Relative to its competitors, the SonoMask offers superior protection, re usability, and comfort.

Sonovia’s mask has been tested in EU laboratories, which successfully corroborated that its unique and permanent fabric impregnation of Zinc oxide nanoparticles have a strong anti-viral effect.

This emphasized that the mask works to deactivate 99.9% of viruses upon contact. The results further revealed that Sonovia’s mask has a 98% success rate for stopping aerosols that are five microns and bigger in diameter.

Sonovia has been featured in highly-acclaimed media outlets for its innovative masks. Last week, the company released a premium model for adults and a special fully adjustable model for children; both products of ongoing crowdsourcing initiatives.

Once treated, the SonoMask maintains its safe chemical properties for over 90 industrial washing cycles. This eliminates the need to habitually buy masks or filters, and therefore mitigates the environmental footprint of disposable masks.

Additionally, the SonoMask is capable of filtering particles up to 5 microns in accordance with the World Health Organization guidelines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

I had the opportunity to speak with Dr Jason Migdal ,Microbiology R&D Strategist of Sonovia. Learn more at https://sonoviatech.com/

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Innovation Allley: temi Personal Robot

Posted by admin on March 12, 2020 in Spotlight |

When the Corona virus hit Westchester County Michael’s school was closed and he was quarantined for 2 weeks. As the holiday of #purim is today it seemed that it would be a difficult 2 weeks. Then temi came to the rescue to help enahnce the holiday and teach Michael about robotics. Amazing Israel innovation. Temi is a personal robotics company born out of Tel Aviv, Israel that, for over four years, has been working to create the future of communication, entertainment, and robotics into the homes and offices of people around the world. The temi robot is the world’s first personal robotic assistant that allows you to video call into it from anywhere in the world and move around your home as if you were really there. Created out of a need to assist his grandmother with daily activities, the founder Yossi Wolf hopes to share this revolutionary Israeli technology with the rest of the world. temi has been included on the prestigious Time List of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019. #Israel #Israeltech #Innovation Learn more at https://www.robotemi.com

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Foodie Tour- Miami- Surfside

Posted by admin on January 29, 2020 in Spotlight |

When down in Miami is the Surfside area there are so many options. I am a #burger guy so if you are looking for the best burger experience go with Kosh(9477 Harding Ave, Surfside, FL) . My son thought the best burger on the block was Surf n Sides (9301 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL) Looking for a solid #pizza, #pasta lunch or dinner I would recommend Cine Citta Caffe( 9544 Harding Ave, Surfside, FL) . New ownership took over the Kosher Kingdom now called the Grove. Solid selections for shabbat.

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